Winnie Yee-Lakhani

Watch Episode 2 of the Move Forward Series and see how Winnie overcame the challenges of the pandemic, let go of the noise, and discovered a new passion in barbecue. Her hunger and excitement to deliver something amazing reminds us how we can all become better than we were.

In the midst of a pandemic, chef and restaurateur Winnie Yee-Lakhani was looking for a distraction away from her business closures. She stumbled upon a brisket and started a lovely affair with live fire cooking. Learn more about Winnie here and see what she’s up to on her Instagram page.

#MoveForward with the Smoke Queen

In sharing her story, Winnie wanted to highlight other local business owners who also found a way to move forward amidst the pandemic. Show your support and click the links below to learn more.

Coastal Homestead

She quit Corporate America at the height of the pandemic in an effort to “do something” about the crisis. She saw how far removed the modern person is from their food source and took to designing and installing edible gardens in Los Angeles.

Lya, Makan Buddy

A 29-year-old home cook from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lya started Makan Buddy in the midst of the pandemic after losing her mechanical engineering job. Since its inception, Makan Buddy has attracted a number of Malaysians and Singaporeans around Los Angeles and the US to indulge in a true homemade-from-scratch comfort food.

Rhea & Marcel,
Saucy Chick Rotisserie

After both being furloughed from their corporate jobs, this husband and wife team pivoted and forged forward into the restaurant industry with the vision of creating a menu that brought together flavors from her Indian and his Mexican cultures.